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    NAU Installs Novel Solar Thermal

      NAU is excited to announce the installation of its first on-campus solar thermal air panel system. This installation supports the University’s long-standing commitment to decreasing fossil fuel use and creating a culture of sustainability. The six-panel system was installed on the Campus Surplus warehouse on the main campus. The wall-mounted system is 24 feet wide by 8 feet high and can generate more than 40,000 BTUs per hour of fossil-free heat energy. As a side benefit, this single installation reduces CO2e by over 3 tons per year. Rachelle Berry, Office of Sustainability Americorps Member, worked with NAU’s Green Fund to propose and fund the solar thermal air panel system. “I…

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    GREEN THUMBS GOING GREEN

    Across the Northern Arizona University campus, students are making a big impact on three important sustainable gardening initiatives—the SSLUG, SNAIL, and Shand gardens. While these gardens differ in their individual missions, they are united by a common thread: enabling students to work toward greater sustainability by minimizing their gardens’ dependence on city water and fossil fuel, and minimizing inorganic chemicals in the environment. SSLUG Garden The Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening (SSLUG) Garden is the largest gardening effort on campus. Student volunteers work to blend native plants with traditional fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Professors also use the garden as a teaching tool in a broad spectrum of classes by educating students about sustainability, local…

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    NAU Gets New Wind Turbine!

      NAU is excited to announce the installation of its fourth on-campus wind turbine. This installation supports the University’s long-standing commitment to decreasing fossil fuel use and creating a culture of sustainability. The 2.4 kW SkyStream 3.7 turbine was installed next to the Hotel and Restaurant Management building on north campus. The tower is approximately 45 feet high and can produce about as much energy as would be needed to power a home. The turbine was paid for by NAU’s Green Fund and the department of Finance and Administration. “We’re excited to have yet another visual example of renewable energy on campus that will help off-set our fossil fuel use…